Choreographer: Jamie Boylan
Composer: Frank Beaver
Dancers: Lorna Peel, Daniella Thompson, Claire Navin, Jody Blunden, Yasmin Chambers
This piece was created over an intensive working period of 7 weeks during the summer of 2009 as part of my practical thesis submission for an MA by Research at London Contemporary Dance School. The dancers were students at the University of Central Lancashire who were (at the time of filming) at the end of their second year of study. A part of my interest in making this piece was to use the process to explore the meeting place between teaching (pedagogy) and dance-making (choreography).
'Fall' brought together a number of interests for me. The seed was sown in the autum of 2008 when the weather conditions seemed to bring some remarkable transformations to the landscape. A combination of crisp, bright sunny days, smouldering sunsets, spiralling winds and driving rain brought an array of colours, qualities, rhythms and textures to the world around me. I became interested in the idea of the four elements (earth, air, fire & water) and the way in which each finds its embodiment in the season of autumn.
I have long been interested in the work of Rudolf Laban whose work has two main strands - 'Choreutics' (which involves complex theories of space-harmony) and 'Eukinetics' (essentially the study of movement quality, rhythm and dynamics). Using Laban's theories, I wanted to investigate the idea of 'musicality' within movement - creating harmonic threads of material and a landscape of textures, qualities and dynamics.